Teradek announces HD and 4K HEVC (H.265) Encoders and Decoders

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Teradek’s Cube encoders have just gotten a major upgrade, and will now be available with both HEVC (H.265) and AVC (H.264) compression and a choice of HD (1080) or UHD (4K) resolution support.

The new Cubes are housed in the same 655 chassis and require six watts of power to use. Teradek are claiming that the new Cube series is the smallest and most power-efficient HEVC codec on the market. To complement these new systems, a series of companion decoders will also be available for both 1080 and 4K HEVC/AVC models.

What is HEVC H.265?

If you aren’t quite sure just what HEVC is (also known as H.265) , it is a next-generation compression standard that offers a number of enhancements over H.264. Compared to AVC (H.264) compression, HEVC is 50% more efficient, which translates into maintaining the same video quality at half the bitrate or double the video quality at the same bitrate.

H.265 is a huge addition if you’re transmitting over cellular networks. Being able to double the video quality or half the bitrate makes transmitting a lot more efficient and cost effective.

Cube 700 (HD) and 800 (UHD) series capabilities:

Stream high quality video content at half the bandwidth required of AVC compression.
Switch between AVC and HEVC compression whenever you like.
The 700 series supports up to 1080p60 streaming resolution/frame rates.
The 800 series supports up to 2160p60 streaming resolution/frame rates.Cube HEVC decoders support HEVC streams from 3rd party encoders.
Fully compatible with Core and its new transcoding engine. This allows you to take advantage of HEVC encoding when streaming to Core, while delivering your content in AVC to your destination.Dual input (HDMI + SDI), compatible with the new Bond module, and available with GigE and dual band 802.11ac WiFi.

The Cube 700 is $2,990 US, and the Cube 800 is $3,995 US.

Turn your Cube into a cellular bonding device

You can also turn your Cube 655 or new HEVC Cube into a cellular bonding device with Teradek’s new Bond module. Built to attach onto the latest Cube models, the Bond module allows you to stream over up to five 3G/4G/LTE connections at the same time. To keep the system running while you’re on the move, Teradek have added a small li-ion battery that will give you five minutes of extra run time while you swap out your V- or Gold-mount battery.

As an alternative to the camera-mounted model, Teradek have also introducing a Bond backpack to keep your system protected from the elements. The pack includes room for up to four mounted modems, in addition to a quick access pocket for swapping power options and configuring your device.

To get the most out of your Bond, Teradek also has new modems called Nodes. Nodes come with USB or four-pin connections, allowing you to use them with any of the company’s existing encoder line up (USB) or with the new Bond module that will ship with your choice of USB or four-pin inputs. Each Node corresponds to a region around the world (North America, Europe, etc) and packs a radio compatible with all major cellular data frequencies for your selected region. All you need to provide is a SIM card to place inside the aluminum chassis and you’re all set.

From Teradek: What can you do with a Bond?

  • Stream over a combination of five 3G/4G/LTE modems, Ethernet, and WiFi, allowing you to achieve higher bit rates and more bandwidth redundancy than with traditional streaming methods.
  • Use Core, Teradek’s cloud management platform, to route, record, transcode, archive, and publish your live video feeds to multiple destinations at the same time.
  • Connect Bond to any Teradek Cube 600, 700, and 800 series.

For more information head over to Teradek.com

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